Friday, February 15, 2013

HE PROPOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, went a little overboard with the exclamation points there, but I am so excited! After 8 years, he finally decided to make it official. And I couldn’t be happier. Seriously. I am like over the moon, can’t eat, can’t sleep happy. It seems like I waited FOREVER for this day. I already feel like we’re married, but for some reason this just makes it so much more ‘official’. We’ve been talking about getting married for a couple of years now. I kind of already knew that he was the one for me. No one else could put up with us the way we do, that’s for sure. The way we support each other and the fact that we still have fun is what makes this worth while. We’re high school sweethearts. How often do you hear that now a days?

Want to hear how he did it? Of course you do! (Be prepared, I’m crying already.)

Last week, he announced that he actually wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day this year. The past two years we didn’t do anything ‘big’. His ankle surgery and money were a little pressing on our plans. So, after looking at a few local places we decided to go visit the Swamp. (For those non-Gator fans, that would be the University of Florida stadium in Gainesville, FL). We figured we would so some shopping, check out the stadium again before the renovations started and enjoy the day drama and Facebook free. (Fail. Couldn’t wait to announce our engagement on Facebook. Is it sad that that’s what the world has come to?!)

So yesterday, we dropped off the furry child at her Grandma’s, and we were off. It’s not too long of a trip. It was nice to just drive without any interruptions. Once we got to Gainesville, it took us (literally) 45 minutes to find a place to park. Leave it to us to visit a college campus in the middle of the semester.

As we’re walking, we find a Big Ass Fan that of course he wants installed in our garage immediately.

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We get to the top of the stadium steps, and I’m snapping pictures like I‘ve never seen the place before.

We walk all the way down to the bottom…

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He says, take pictures of the signs and the championship banners. So away my phone goes. Snap, Snap.

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Then he says ‘You might want to get some pictures of this too.’ At this very moment, my heart was in my throat. I was completely, utterly speechless. Then before I could get anything out other than ‘Oh my God’, the waterworks started. When he said ‘Will you marry me?”, it was all I could do to not sob like a bad soap opera actress. I kissed him without saying anything, and when I hugged him he said “You didn’t answer….” Of course my answer was yes!

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YAY!

So three hours of crying, lots of love from Facebook and from our families later, we continued our day shopping. We were supposed to go to a nice dinner before heading back, but that got screwed up because I got sick. Apparently with the beginnings of strep throat. Yay engagement day!

So now he’s standing over me, waiting for me to eat pizza so I can take my sickly self back to bed. I’m not arguing. We’ve got lots of planning to do. Not that I already haven’t been planning our wedding since day one. What girl doesn’t? Especially with Pinterest around?!

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crack Pretzels

Technically, they’re brown-sugar-cinnamon pretzels, but if you ask anyone in my family they’re super addicting. And easy to make. And cheap to make. They’re just all around amazing. I found the original recipe at Life's Too Short to Skip Dessert. She’s got some amazing recipes!

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I made them on Thanksgiving to keep my family out of the kitchen picking at the food while it was being cooked. It worked. So well that I decided in lieu of presents that no one really needs, I made about 8 batches of these yummy creations and wrapped them up for Christmas presents. No complaints!

This is a quick recipe – one that will be perfect for any occasion. I’m making them ahead of time for Superbowl Sunday. If you do the same, your guests will not only be amazed but it will definitely be a distraction for the 49ers fans while they’re losing. (Go Ravens!)

Moving on – I’ll shut up now and get to the recipe. Enjoy them!

What you need:

2/3 c vegetable oil

1/2 c sugar

3 tbsp. brown sugar (light or dark, doesn’t matter)

2 tsp. ground cinnamon (more or less to taste)

1/2 bag pretzels

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Start by mixing the oil, sugars and cinnamon together. I use a Pyrex measuring cup, because it makes it easier to pour over the pretzels. You want to mix until it’s well blended. It will have like a soupy/syrupy consistency.

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Dump your pretzels in a baking dish. You want to use something that has tall sides, because you will have to stir the pretzels and it can get messy if you don’t. You can also line the pan with parchment paper to make clean up easier. (Hind sight is 20/20!)

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Pour the mixture over the pretzels and stir to make sure you get an even coating. Here is where the measuring cup comes in handy! Baking time is a total of 30 minutes, but you have to take them out every 10 minutes to stir them. Don’t skip this step!

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After 30 LONG minutes, your kitchen will smell amazing and you will want to dive right into the pan. Let them cool first! Learned that lesson the hard way! When you take them out of the pan, try using a pair of tongs. It makes it easier to grab the pretzels without breaking them and still allows you to get some of the sugar mixture out of the holes in the pretzels (it will inevitably end up there in clumps on some of them).

And you’re done! Perfect, delicious and addicting. If your guests are anything like mine, you won’t be able to host anything without making these pretzels!

 

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Goodbye 2012–Getting organized for 2013!

 

I’m making it a personal goal to be more dedicated to this blog in 2013. In order to do that, I have created a few printables that I’m sharing with you here today. I am addicted to planners (I buy a new one about every six months). I know that everyone relies on technology and the fact that you can take your whole life with you in your phone. I just have to write everything down. Little old fashioned, I know. The problem is I can’t find a planner that suits all of my needs. I bought a nice leather book from Martha Stewart’s collection at Staples. They had some killer coupons when they introduced her line, so I took advantage of those and got set up. (I’m going to warn you – the pictures aren’t the greatest. I got finished with it and couldn’t wait long enough to get the good camera out!)

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I also like to keep track of my bills – I used to use 3x5 index cards that I wrote down the bill amounts each month just so I can keep track of how much they differ. So enter these lovely little sheets here: Categorized by house, car and credit cards and printed on three different colors of cardstock, I’m hoping that this will be more efficient.

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Enter the check book register: I hate the books they give you at the bank. I always, ALWAYS lose them.

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And the password log – I tried to keep all of my passwords consistent, but I always end up forgetting the important ones. I separated them with these Avery dividers – makes it easier to find a password when I need it.

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Now for the most fun part – the full size monthly calendar! I keep this on a clipboard on my desk – it’s a good way to keep an eye on the month at a glance. (The font used on this calendar can be found here. I love MissTina’s Fonts!)

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I think all in all I spend around $20 on this planner, but I think it’s worth it. The refills are only a couple of dollars and they make my organization a little more manageable.

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So in keeping with my goal to be more dedicated, I will also be creating a few sheets to keep myself on track over the next few days. Look for those soon!

Check out the blog tomorrow – I’ll be wrapping up 2012 in pictures! So excited!

Full 2013 Calendar: click here!

Bill Log: click here!

Password Log: click here!

Checkbook Register: click here!

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